Win tickets to a Soul Week­ender

Scher­rie Payne, for­merly of The Supremes, is de­lighted to be per­form­ing at the Gold Soul and Mo­town Week­ender in Nor­folk in Novem­ber. She speaks to Rachel Ban­ham.

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There could surely be few bet­ter ex­am­ples of the magic of Mo­town than the time­less songs of The Supremes.

Now, some four years af­ter she last vis­ited the UK, for­mer Supremes lead vo­cal­ist Scher­rie Payne is thrilled to be com­ing to Nor­folk.

Scher­rie will per­form with fel­low for­mer Supreme Susaye Greene and Joyce Vin­cent as ‘Scher­rie and Susaye, For­merly of The Supremes’ at Vaux­hall Hol­i­day Park, Great Yar­mouth, at the Gold Soul and Mo­town Week­ender from Novem­ber 15 to 19.

They per­form a broad spec­trum of The Supremes’ mu­sic and Scher­rie says they are ex­cited about the Week­ender – she still loves be­ing on stage.

“There’s noth­ing like it,” she says. “Even though you might not feel like your best, when you get out there on that stage it’s a dif­fer­ent story. You just come to life, at least I do.”

Scher­rie started her ca­reer in show busi­ness as the lead singer of the Detroit-based group The Glass House. Be­tween 1969 and 1972, The Glass House re­leased two al­bums and nine sin­gles.

In 1973, she be­came the fi­nal lead singer of The Supremes. Known af­fec­tion­ately by fans as “the lit­tle lady with the big voice”, she quickly es­tab­lished her­self as a firm favourite among The Supremes’ world­wide fan base.

She says: “I’ve al­ways loved com­ing to the UK. I’m this lit­tle girl from Detroit, born and raised.”

Scher­rie re­calls how she first vis­ited the UK in 1974.

“Af­ter that we did so many other trips and I got to see the beau­ti­ful coun­try­side - it was just won­der­ful,” she says. “I just love it.”

In June 1977, The Supremes - Scher­rie Payne, Mary Wil­son and Susaye Greene - per­formed their fi­nal farewell con­cert and the group was of­fi­cially re­tired.

To­day, Scher­rie and Susaye per­form with the Gram­mynom­i­nated and Amer­i­can Mu­sic Award win­ner, Joyce Vin­cent.

“It’s just like we never de­parted,” Scher­rie says. “It’s just like com­ing home again.”

Of the en­dur­ing ap­peal of Mo­town, she says: “The mu­sic was so pure and in­no­cent back then. All the songs had melodies.

“You could ac­tu­ally sing to the songs and the tracks were just so dy­namic. The lyrics had real mean­ing.”

When Scher­rie is not record­ing and per­form­ing with her group, she is an avid writer and has writ­ten more than 20 screen­plays and three stage plays.

She con­tin­ues to write and per­form to­day, and she has a spe­cial mes­sage for any­one com­ing to the Gold Soul and Mo­town Week­ender.

“You’re go­ing to have a fan­tas­tic time,” she says.

“You’ll be able to get up and dance if you want to in the aisles and it’s go­ing to take you back - for those who are older won­der­ful mem­o­ries you may have had dur­ing that time, and for those of

you who maybe weren’t even born then you’ll be in­tro­duced to the magic – the magic of Mo­town!”

Vaux­hall Hol­i­day Park in Great Yar­mouth is of­fer­ing Let’s Talk read­ers the chance to win a Vaux­hall Hol­i­day Park Gold Soul & Mo­town Week­ender mu­sic break with ac­com­mo­da­tion, from Thurs­day to Mon­day, Novem­ber 15-19.

You can en­joy more than 15 acts per­form­ing over the week­end, in­clud­ing Scher­rie & Susaye, for­merly of The Supremes, plus Odyssey, Heat­wave, Amer­i­can Four Tops, Earth Wind for Hire and lots more!

The Soul and Mo­town week­ender is an over-18s event and a great op­por­tu­nity to get away with friends and en­joy live mu­sic.

There are a num­ber of pack­ages on of­fer which in­clude ac­com­mo­da­tion, day tickets and week­end tickets.

The prize is a stay in a new Spar­row hol­i­day home, which sleeps up to six, over the Soul and Mo­town week­ender with passes for you and your guests to watch all the bands. There is also one run­ner-up prize of four week­ender tickets.

Sara Day, Vaux­hall Hol­i­day Park, en­ter­tain­ment man­ager says: “We’ve got some ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble bands per­form­ing, singing favourites such as ‘Stop in the Name of Love’. It’s go­ing to be fab­u­lous non-stop soul train of a week­ender. Also we very ex­cited to have re­leased a lim­ited num­ber of day and week­end tickets with­out ac­com­mo­da­tion, giv­ing the op­por­tu­nity for lo­cals to visit and en­joy the live mu­sic on their doorstep.”

There are two stages and live per­for­mances over the week­end start from lunchtime and go through to the early hours of the next day.

Sara adds: “If you have not got any plans for the week­end, I would en­cour­age you to come to see what we of­fer. For £ 30 per per­son, you can see a whole host of acts in just one day, for in­stance on Satur­day we have a Ste­vie Won­der trib­ute in the after­noon, along with Earth for Hire, Odyssey, and more bands in the even­ing, plus DJs”.

Prices for the week­end start from £149 per per­son, based on six shar­ing, with a wide range of ac­com­mo­da­tion on of­fer and the chance to bring your own car­a­van.

Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day tickets are £ 30 per per­son, per day.

Thurs­day is £15, or £75 per per­son for a Fri­day to Mon­day week­end pass.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.vh­p­week­enders.co.uk/gold-soul­mo­town.html or call 01493 857231 For your chance to win fill in the com­pe­ti­tion en­try form.

Vaux­hall Hol­i­day Park is part of Parkdean Re­sorts UK Lim­ited. Acle New Road, Great Yar­mouth, Nor­folk, NR30 1TB. Please note the prize is a self-cater­ing break.

Ac­tion from last year’s Soul Week­ender.

The line-up for the Soul Week­ender.

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